Nothing to do with the classic My Fair Lady, in my opinion one of Audrey Hepburn’s best movies along with The Nun’s Story and Roman Holiday.
But a little gem about my Mum.
Mum has held a variety of jobs from cinema usherette to waitress to shop manageress. She has always been good with money, reliable and a trusted respected member of staff for whoever she worked for. Two of her bosses always treated her like family.
I was an annoying teenager, and blame Tony Blackburn and Radio 1 for the terrible jokes I told ‘the girls’ when I worked with Mum in the school holidays. There was no stopping me, and I’m surprised someone didn’t wrap me up in the cellophane I put round the fudge boxes to shut me up!
Now Mum wasn’t exactly slow, but sometimes it took a while for the penny to drop sotospeak, despite explanations and repetitions of the latest hilarious (to me) classic.
On this particular occasion, the entire family gave up trying to explain the punchline, and the subject was dropped.
It was about three weeks later and around 3am, when Mum suddenly sat bolt upright in bed, nudged my Dad awake, and told him
‘I’ve just got Di’s joke!’ then burst out laughing.
Aroused from our own slumber at such an early hour, naturally my sister and I were wondering what on earth was going on in their bedroom. The more Dad tried to shush her, the louder she laughed, so much so that it was almost verging on hysteria (I confess to having a similar problem with uncontrollable laughter at the most inopportune moments).
It took a while for Mum to calm down and tell us which particular joke she had just ‘got’.
To be honest, it’s not that funny, but I did tell it over 45 years ago.
Why have elephants got big ears?
Because Noddy won’t pay the ransom.
I am a huge Audrey fan. She was ethereal beauty in all her roles, especially Nun’s Story.
She was indeed.